CrossFit might be a recognizable name to you, but Forbes is much more of a reputable name. Seeing a Forbes article typical of the quick reads style (15 quick points format) did not shock me. What did shock me was the ripple effect of CrossFit. CrossFit landed another follower and this follower just so happens to write for Forbes. Since they write for Forbes and mentioned CrossFit, I had to jump on it. Basically what we’re getting at is CrossFit impacting someone influential enough to impact me thereby I turn and toss it out as a means to impact you. Capisce? What did this person learn as a key to life from our famous past time? Efficiency.
Efficiency is key and this author (Deborah Grayson Riegel) clearly understands it. This short read centers on the CrossFit workout brevity combined with the intense level of effort to produce impacting results. Copy, Paste, Repeat and you have real world application. Among the mentions in this little diddy: solicit feedback, breathe on purpose, and taking 15 minutes to acknowledge someone’s contributions.
This brings up a good point. What would your life look like if instead of saying “thank you”, you spent 15 minutes thanking someone? Writing a handwritten note, discussing the aspects of why someone’s actions were impactful, or possibly taking the time to buy something and then present it to someone as a token of appreciation may not work for everyone, but something will. That’s right, it’s spread-the-love Wednesday!
I touched on The Outlaw Way before, but I did not get into depth on it. Today, Rudy announced his thought on moving forward including his new Fee For Service style attack. While he still offers the typical programming Outlaws have long followed, he is now sectioning off a bit of the site to people willing to open up the checkbook.
Outlaw’s Coach and Owner, Rudy Nielson, faced a dilemma on Regional strategy. He has long worked with a number of athletes separated miles and even ocean in some occasions. Rudy and team just returned from a Europe trip where he coached up a number of Outlaws from across the UK. Upon announcing he would shut off access to the WOD strategy, Rudy seemed to receive a growing number of “I’ve been an Outlaw for a long time. I should get access!” He evidently determined his best line in the sand would be making those unofficial Outlaws cough up 5000 pennies. That’s right, for only 50 dollars American, you can also catch Outlaw’s list of strategies, tips, commentary, etc. He even went a step further and decided to do a little security for himself to prevent people from just passing passwords.
In the end, Rudy plans to put the $50 per keyboard welding Athlete to good use as he tours the country, visits as many Regional contests as possible, and pays for the trips. Don’t fear, lovely Outlaws. Rudy has long known the art of posting on the go. The list of Outlaw qualifiers may exist, but who knows the real list of creepers trying to gain an edge by reading his strategy and tips?
The Media guru of sports is going to be overdosing on exercise. Again. The 2012 CrossFit Games will be shown on ESPN3 and a series of shows will be seen on ESPN2. A kicker comes, too, as they announced the Central East will be shown live. It looks like it will take a similar format of the live action being shown on ESPN3 (online) and then ESPN2 doing some clean up of the <insert sarcasm font> amazingly well done commentary and play-by-play. Graphics added in definitely helped make watching the games easier to digest as typical sports fans have grown accustomed to actually knowing, you know, which athlete is winning and by how much. This was a big failure not easily overcome live as it was anyone’s guess how many reps someone had left to complete or meters left to row outside of a few comments from the Commentators (too much of a compliment to say this?).
Am I too hard on the commentators? Yes. Mainly because I understand their lack of experience and such, but it just hurt a bit to know this was the pinnacle of CrossFit and then to tell you friends to watch and enjoy…Rory. Is that possible to those seeking more than eye candy and a smile? I’m excited for the day when people get good at the live action and eloquently hammer home some facts about the athletes as they suffer under load. Until then, we will get a full stream of PA announcing and no commentary.
Lastly, the Central East Regional will be broadcast live on ESPN3, too. This will be the only live streaming footage of Regionals, but at least we get that. Why the Central East? I think it’s pretty apparent. This guy makes good TV AND happens to be in, you know, first place overall already.
Young shooting champion, Brian Nelson continues to excel. His aim is precise and his speed is tough to match. One would not typically jump to think that sweating it out would be a big help. Don’t tell Brian that. His abilities are proven through competition, but credit is not just on his own hard work and repeating the same process. He understands the benefits of being prepared for the unknown.
Even his Dad realizes the need/use for CrossFit. “He started out with some natural talent, but after he started doing CrossFit workouts, he’s really taken off,” he said.
If you don’t know the story of Murph, go read Lone Survivor. Murph the workout will leave you spinning, but not of the Fran variety. This one is a long burner. If you haven’t maxed out your CrossFit Fundraiser fund for the year, consider this one. It is a Nationwide event and will be traced at a centralized website. Get your gym interested and then don a weight vest.
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If I were sponsored by Reebok, I’d likely push their agenda, too. Maybe Isaiah Thomas is doing just that OR maybe he truly sees the differences CrossFit provides. In a recent interview with Slam, Thomas brings the truth on his rise to the top of the 1st year players. He emphasizes his numerous WODs as preparing him (GPP?) for a long, brutal season that tends to break down the best of players.
Thomas states, “You see a lot of players toward the end of the season dying down, kinda getting more tired, and I feel like I can keep going.” Sound familiar? He also details how the variation and change in his typical workouts stretched him to work in areas not typically addressed in the past.
After this interview, you can add Thomas to the list of professional athletes I point out to my friends as another guy who drinks the Kool-Aid.